Luxury Iceland

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With its rugged volcanically-active terrain, few countries showcase the activity of Mother Nature better than the land of fire and ice. And superimposed on this landscape is a resilient culture with rich literary and spiritual traditions. We could easily go into paroxysms of delight to describe Iceland;instead, we'll allow the rather plaintive words of the Icelandic poet Jónas Hallgrímson to do it for us. He wrote in 1835: 'Charming and fair is the land, snow white the peaks of the glaciers. Cloudless and blue is the sky, the ocean shining resplendently bright.' It's a fitting description. The world's interest in Iceland was piqued in 2010 with the will-it-won't- it eruption of Eyjafjallajökull and since then it has become one of our most popular short break destinations;just a three hour flight from the UK, the clean air and breath-taking vistas of Iceland are perfect for a long weekend escape. A final relic from the world's last ice age, its shatteringly beautiful, barren and brutal lunar landscape is truly awe-inspiring. From the capital, Reykjavík, you can drive in any direction and try ice-climbing, quad-biking or hike one of the many trails through this incredible landscape. After all that adventure you can luxuriate in one of its many geothermal pools and you may even be fortunate to capture the natural phenomenon of the Northern Lights. Don't overlook Reykjavik itself, either: taking inspiration from New York, London and Scandinavia, Iceland's capital is cool in both design and temperature.

Iceland with A&K
Iceland delivers a major hit of the surreal and the beautiful. Returning travellers' tales suggest that, for a few wonderful days, normal life is suspended. They recall sitting in hot tubs under the stellar theatrics of the northern lights; a helicopter landing on the lava field next to their lodge - 'we were expecting a helipad, but no, not in Iceland' - and driving onto vast Langjokull Glacier where the feeling of space was 'extraordinary and immense'.

An Icelandic holiday with Abercrombie & Kent could see your already seductive itinerary receiving some spontaneous editing from our super-attentive guides. Guest's letters and emails tell of surprise visits to a fascinating geothermal tomato farm for the freshest soup they've ever tasted; of joining a queue outside ice cream shops in minus 5°C temperatures (trust us, it's worth it) and descending into cathedral-like Thrihnukagigur Volcano, while contemplating the fact that fewer people have entered its cone than have been into space.

See, we told you it's surreal.

Of course it helps to have brilliantly connected guides, with at least a decade of experience. They're part of our multi-centre European team that has provided seamless luxury travel across the continent for 25 years in the best vehicles around. In Iceland that includes super jeeps, yachts and helicopters for flying above the mesmerising, otherworldly landscape of The Highlands.

For a contrast, explore small but surprisingly lively Reykjavik, with its Blue Lagoon geothermal spa surrounded by lava fields. You can make the short hop to Snaefellsnes Peninsula, dubbed 'Iceland in Miniature' for its many sights, whose volcano was the setting for Jules Verne's Journey To The Centre of the Earth.

And then there's the Golden Circle: UNESCO-listed Thinvuellir, the only place on earth where you can see the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates drifting apart; Strokkur geyser, spurting 90-feet into the air, and thunderous Gullfoss, one of 10,000 waterfalls on the island.

And we're only just starting. An exclusive A&K tour reveals how Iceland is now a brilliant stage for holiday adventures from dog sledding and hikes, snowmobiling and super jeep (local large-tired 4WDs) drives onto glaciers, to scuba diving in Silfrah Lake, slap bang on the tectonic plate fault line. It's simply incredible, and with A&K, it's all possible.

Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:

Classic Iceland

Nights: 7 | from £4,995pp

Explore Iceland's dramatic natural wonders by foot and snowmobile, discover its Viking past, and enjoy its hip, modern culture during this 7 night adventure. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Icelandic Winter Highlights

Nights: 3 | from £2,435pp

Spend 3 nights in this wintery paradise visiting Iceland's incredible glaciers, geysers, waterfalls, black sand beaches, and geothermal pools. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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In search of the Northern Lights

Nights: 4 | from £4,655pp

A thrilling and activity packed adventure in Iceland's other-worldly landscapes in search of the Northern Lights as well as ice fields, waterfalls and... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Land Rover Adventure Travel by Abercrombie & Kent to Iceland 2016

Nights: 4 | from £4,495pp

A magical adventure driving Land Rover's brand new Discovery 4 through Iceland’s other-worldly landscape of glaciers and waterfalls. Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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Iceland: Land Rover driving adventure with special guest Geoffrey Kent

Nights: 4 | from £4,495pp

Join Geoffrey Kent – Founder, Chairman and CEO of Abercrombie and Kent – on an off-road driving adventure through Iceland’s lunar landscape. Together... Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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Below are some of our suggested places to stay:

101 Hotel

With a commanding presence in the oldest postal code of Reykjavík, the 101 Hotel is right in the centre of this vibrant city; its cultural institutions,...Find out more

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Hotel Borg

Hotel Borg is a 4* boutique hotel in the heart of Reykjavík. It overlooks the central square of Austurvollur, with a variety of cafes, restaurants and...Find out more

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Ranga Lodge

Hotel Ranga is a luxury countryside hotel and the only four star hotel in South Iceland. Offering all the facilities and services of a modern resort,...Find out more

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Radisson Blu 1919

The Radisson Blu 1919 Hotel is a uniquely designed 4 star lifestyle hotel in the heart of Reykjavik, offering outstanding service. Built for office use...Find out more

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View a selection of our top offers:

Iceland and Greenland: In The Wake Of The Vikings Photographic Expedition

Greenland, Iceland, Arctic

Save £2,215 per person
Travel to The Arctic on our Iceland and Greenland:In the Wake of Vikings, book a cabin on Deck 5,6 7 and save £2,215 per person. Must be booked by the 31st March 2016. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

Voyages & Cruising

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Land Rover Adventure Travel by Abercrombie & Kent to Iceland 2016


Prices from £4,195 per person save £300 for 4 nights
Experience Iceland like never before, drive in challenging snow and ice conditions with guidance from Land Rover Instructors. Price is from £4,195 per person based on two sharing, including meals and excluding internaional flights. This offer is only valid for the 16th March 2016 departure.Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

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Our Europe & Middle East team – Sarah, Eleanor, Lynne, Rob, Aline, Kate and Sandrine are experts in designing the perfect holiday to suit your personal needs, interests and budget. Their intimate knowledge of every hotel and resort featured in our portfolio, together with our own network of offices throughout the region, allows us to offer unique in-depth knowledge, unparalleled insider access and the VIP service for which Abercrombie & Kent is renowned. 

Read about our latest experiences in Europe and the Middle East in our Travel Blog pages.

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Guest Testimonial

I just wanted to take the opportunity to say thank you (Ailine Fischer) for the amazing experience in Iceland. This trip was an absolute dream. Everything about it was magical and words truly fall short. The guides, both Jon from A&K and all of the Land Rover crew were knowledgeable, friendly, and professional.


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Best time to be there

June to September is a great time to enjoy a mild ocean climate thanks to the Gulf Stream. It is relatively mild in winter and cool in summer but this is when you can enjoy almost 24 hours of daylight. The weather can change several times during the day. In midwinter, whilst there is little daylight, it is one of the best times to see the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis).

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Keflavik, approximately 30 minutes from Reykjavik

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